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bacon wrapped strawberries (or, berries in a blanket)

at some point in the future, we’re going to look back and realize how absurd it was to wrap everything in bacon. we’re not there yet though, so in the meantime, i’m going to indulge. these are strawberries. wrapped in bacon. and drizzled with balsamic vinegar. yes, they are delicious.

and oh boy, are they rich. the recipe is pretty straightforward, but i had a bit of trouble getting them to stay upright in the oven so they cook evenly. it pays to watch them really closely to make sure you’re not burning one side of the bacon and leaving the other side raw.

i wait all year for strawberries to be in season, just so i can do stuff like this to them. if you’re having a party during the summer, it’s really easy to make a huge batch of these guys. the only downside is that it’s way too easy to just down 5 or 6 without thinking, so you’ll run out before you know it.

for my vegetarian/vegan readers, you can still make this recipe minus the bacon. just toss some strawberries with a bit of sugar and balsamic vinegar and roast on a baking sheet. they’ll melt in your mouth and make you very happy.

bacon wrapped strawberries
from E Chronicles [1]. make 1-2 servings.

6 fresh strawberries, washed and capped (stem removed)
6 strips bacon
2 tsp aged balsamic vinegar

1. preheat oven to 450F. wrap each berry horizontally with one strip of bacon and secure with a toothpick.

2. place on a baking sheet and put in the oven for about 7 minutes. check after 5, and if the bacon is browned, turn each piece with tongs. roast for another 2-3 minutes until all sides of the bacon are cooked and brown.

3. remove from the oven and immediately place each piece on a plate covered with two layers of paper towels to drain the grease. cool slightly, then plate and drizzle with the aged balsamic vinegar.